Arsenal have held talks with former midfielder Santi Cazorla about potential deals for Villarreal duo Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze
Arsenal are in talks with Villarreal over a potential double deal for Pau Torres and Samuel Chukwueze this summer – with former star Santi Cazorla acting as the middle man in negotiations.
Both players are attracting plenty of interest in European football after impressing for Villarreal in the 2019/20 campaign.
Manchester City and Barcelona target Torres, 23, has proved an integral member of the Spanish outfit’s defence this term, while Chukwueze has contributed four goals and as many assists on the wing.
And Cazorla, who spent six years at the Emirates before leaving for Villarreal in 2018, has revealed discussions have taken place with his old club over the pair.
“They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premiership tomorrow,” he said.
“It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone here.
“They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground.
“In Pau’s case he hears constant talk of [Manchester] City or Barcelona, but he is aware that he has to keep growing as a player and that in the future we will see where he can go.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is eager to bolster his squad further when the summer transfer window opens, having wrapped up loan deals for defensive duo Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares in January.
But according to the Daily Mirror, he could be set to lose star strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Aubameyang, 30, will only have one year remaining on his contract this summer, meaning the Gunners could be tempted to cash in on him while they still can.
As for Lacazette, it is believed he is eager to play Champions League football, which doesn’t look like it will be on the cards at the Emirates next season.
Arsenal Head of Football Raul Sanllehi spoke cryptically about their summer transfer plans this week.
“That’s when you plan the season ahead [in the summer transfer window],” he said.
“Last summer we did an incredible effort where we were very grateful for the support we got from our ownership to really go one step further and make, as I said, a real investment to increase our expectations for the season.
“The winter window is much more tactical. Now we’re going to have conversations between [technical director]Edu and Mikel to see what things we can do or what we should do.
“But again, the strategical window and the one that Edu and his team are always working for in the longer term is the summer window.”